California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara

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154 reviews
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Contemporary American
The chefs at our San Diego California restaurant combine the culinary comfort of a modern bistro with market-fresh ingredients indigenous to the area's fruitful terrain and bountiful waters. Inspired by French tradition, the menu offers locally produced vegetables, seafood and specially selected free-range, grain-fed meats. An extensive wine list emphasizes selections from California's Central Coast to the Napa Valley.


Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo invites you to enjoy one or all!

Complimentary parking available with your dining experience

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate Dad with a BBQ brunch at California Bistro featuring a seasonal buffet of chilled seafood, assorted sushi, fresh salads, seafood paella and honey chipotle glazed salmon, just to name a few. The patio grill station will feature a Three inch Bone in Beef Ribeye and Peach BBQ Ribs. $75.00 ++

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Mother's Day brunch and it was a pretty spectacular spread. Seafood, sushi, prime rib, lamb, pork belly, along with the usual pancakes, french toast, omletes, bacon and sausage. Whole room of tiny amazing desserts. By far the nicest brunch - also the most expensive. Worth it for a special treat!

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BG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We ate at the Easter Brunch and the food was amazing! The chefs prepared a vast array of food and desserts, each of which was carefully prepared and artfully displayed. Among our table of 8, we must have sampled everything offered and without exception each dish was delicious. The seafood was fresh and plentiful. The vegetarian options were creative and out of the ordinary. Grilled meats, salumi, and sausages were also available. Finally, the desserts were worthy of a whole separate meal. Fanciful creations like filled churros and mini cheesecakes with delicate hand-painted fondant eggs were amazing.

BUT - the host and management were incredibly rude. Even though we had made our reservation a month in advance, the host tried to seat us at literally the worst possible table. When we asked to be re-seated, the host first told us every other table was already reserved and he could not accommodate us even though the room was less than half-occupied (and remained so). Then they caused a scene wringing their hands over what to do in an uncomfortable standoff while we stood first in the dining room and then in the entryway for 10-15 minutes. A kind waited finally broke the tension with a “of course we can seat you somewhere else” and off we went. No apology or explanation from the host or the rude female “manager.” We were there for almost an hour and a half but the room was never more than half-full. What became clear to us is that for Easter Brunch (or possibly this is their standard practice), management holds the best tables - i.e., view-tables by the windows - for Four Seasons time-share owners but otherwise stick locals/visitors with crummy tables alongside the buffet. We watched this play out twice again during our visit. That said, the chefs and waitstaff were outstanding.

In sum, food was excellent but management soured our experience from the start and made no effort to rectify their missteps. We will think twice about going back again.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This is specifically for their Easter brunch. There was hardly any breakfast items except for an omelette station with only two burners, eggs Benedict (with meat so if you don’t eat that you couldn’t) and horchata French toast which is not exactly kid friendly. We had to have the lovely lady at the omelette station make some plain eggs for her. The rest was very appropriate fare for lunch but not at 930am. We also got a call the day before that our table was outside. I asked if she knew which exact table and she said yes. Turns out we were in the corner, it was freezing and the inside had plenty of tables. In addition we had to ask for toast from our server who would bring one slice at a time. Maybe a few more items like breakfast potatoes, quiche, oatmeal like other competitor hotels were offering would have been better. I only looked this up after the fact.

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JK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue and good food with excellent service. Always enjoy going here. Brunch is an experience.

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JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrating

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VH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The staff was busy with change over. We had really poor service and the staff were noisily filling the silver ware and moving pitchers that were rude and very loud. This was not a cheap meal and even though the food was good I’ll never go back. When we spoke to the concierge about our experience it was evident that this is an ongoing issue. Too bad.

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B
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The room was pleasant and not very crowded. The service was good. The food was fair. Lunch for two totaled $80. for one sandwich and one salad and two ice teas and two desserts.

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RM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

no buffet after 10:30 am, open table or the restaurant did mot disclose this fact: we stated that we were looking for Sunday brunch buffet when we called the restaurant. why? we have had good experiences with open table in the past. omelet was OK, cooked well, potatoes seemed like they prepared the day before, dry and tasteless. dish did not come with toast, paid extra, or you have toast and pay for potatoes. for a $34.00 breakfast, seems like it should come with both. i don't mind paying for expensive meal but it should be exceptional.

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GA
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant & cozy with superb customer service!

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JA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Friend Kat adores Park Aviara Hyatt. She can rarely attend due to wheelchair issues. This was her birthday celebration and she thoroughly enjoyed it - as we all did. Excellent service.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fabulous and creative Thanksgiving buffet. Wonderful eclectic mix of seasonal favorites and surprising combinations. Dessert is to die for. We had two adults and a fussy teenage and everyone left (more than) satisfied!

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J
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When we come to SoCal each year to get away from the AZ heat, we make it a point to have Sunday Champagne Brunch at the California Bistro. This was our third time this year.
It is in a beautiful setting with marvelous, friendly and professional service. Christina was right there bringing replacement utensils, filling our glasses and inquiring if we needed anything.

The selection of food ran from king crab legs to prime rib to fruits, huge peeled shrimp,cerviche, salads, lox, pastries, cheeses, omelettes, desserts - everything you could want.

The patio for al fresco dining is our favorite. Gorgeous.

Can't wait until next summer to return to the California Bistro!

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F
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

My high expectations were unmet. The experience was unique in its lack of civility. The wait staff was poorly trained and unfamiliar with the menu and wine list.
Jeremiah, our waiter, ended the meal with a lecture. The gist was that we had chosen the wrong place to lunch. We had come to relax and dine. A fast food meal wasn't our goal. We were told that we didn't belong ,and Jeremiah suggested that we take our business elsewhere in the future.
Despite the critical attitude, we tipped generously. It's not in my nature not to treat people poorly.
We are locals who could have become regulars.
This was unique in my years of travel and meals at the finest hotels worldwide.
I suggest management address this embarrassment and introduce immediate remedial action.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great Father's Day brunch.

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J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience, and the food was excellent, and the staff was wonderful this past Sunday.

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T
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I dined their in order to take my friends out after they had me over so many times to their place. I can't imagine why anyone would pay so much for a meal, but I think my friends liked it. And it was nice to at least have tried it. The staff were very nice, but I think they were a little overworked. There was no one at the egg station or the carving board most of the time. The diners had to ask for help, or even cut their own prime rib. But, all and all, it was a nice dining experience.

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F
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended for Easter brunch. It was amazing. Oh my god, best dessert table ever and best breakfast food ever. Fresh seafood and eggs made to order. Simply amazing

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TS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The brunch food was excellent both wide variety and quality. Service attentive.
However, expect to pay $100 per head.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year's eve buffet was superb. Just enough food variety to satisfy all tastes without it being overwhelming or over-indulgent. Everything tasted excellent. The service was great. Was worth it.

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DC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The selection of food did not equal the cost. Way over priced for the limited selection of food. Disappointed is the best choice of words I can give.

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OT
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

To be honest I thought the chairs were to low budget looking, it needs a little music,
To quiet and can hear the kitchen, I didn't like the chard salad, lettuce was to tough they left the ends on so it took me 10 minutes to cut the thing just give me a good salad please that's already cut nothing I have to work too hard at.

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SR
Anchorage
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful EXCEPT the time limits. The brunch didn't start until noon and the food was put away at 2. When we go to brunch we like to enjoy the company we are with. We don't immediately jump up and eat. We savor the first (and sometimes second) glass of champagne while catching up on life.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The place is beautiful; the food was delicious; and the value wasn't too bad. The only thing that was a bummer was that the service was really slow. It took almost 40 minutes for them to finally take our order. Good place if you are not tight on time.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for a special meal. Brunch starts at noon.

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JO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, great location, but a bit overpriced (paying for location). Good food selection but very poor selection of salads

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KM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed . For the price, there was a poor selection, most of the hot food was cold. One of the cakes was frozen in the middle. Couldn't find anyone to make the omelette or carve the prime rib. Mimosas were good but they must have been understaffed because it took forever to get a refill. What food there was was good, not excellent . Guess you are paying for the hotel ambience which was beautiful , but the Bistro restaurant was not exceptionsl

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

It looked like a converted conference room with Denny's style tables. The waiter was great. I think he was embarrassed at the room.

At $80-90 a head for a very minimum Buffett. We had an 8:30 reservation and by 9:15 they were tearing down the Buffett.

We will never go back. Who would have thought there was a Denny's at Aviara!!

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g
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was looking forward to our brunch here since it seemed to have good reviews. The resort seems pretty posh as you're coming down the drive. Parking is valet ONLY (bring cash!). There are no signs whatsoever in the resort lobby to direct you to the restaurant, and it is not easy to find on your own - down a long hallway, take a right, then take a left. Once we arrived (at 10:45am) for our 11am reservation, we were told by the hostess that they were tearing down the breakfast buffet and would be setting up the lunch buffet 11:30. So we could order ala carte or eat quickly from the breakfast buffet or wait 45 minutes for the lunch buffet. We decided that the 3 of us would do the breakfast buffet. However, when our waitress arrived, we didn't have a chance to tell her - she asked if we wanted coffee and when we replied yes, she sped off without waiting for our questions about the buffet. So we waited for her to return with the coffee. And we waited. And waited. Meanwhile saw several other staff members walking around, none of them helping customers. Our poor waitress was the ONLY one of several who was helping customers! When she finally returned with the coffee, it was 10:55. We asked if we could do the buffet and she hesitated, told us they were tearing it down, but said if that was ok with us it was ok with her. Predictably, the food was cold and picked over and pretty mediocre. The quiche was good but cold. Also were bagels, bread, jam, pancakes, bacon, and sausage. Hardly worth the $30 per person! I realize they have no control over this, but there was a screaming toddler at the next table. I wouldn't go back. Nor recommend.

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j
Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food with fresh ingredients

Service was lackluster caring

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a
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

food was delicious. The view is lovely. It was pleasant to talk to my friend. They do try to cater to special food sensitivities.

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IC
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very nice buffet breakfast outside on the patio. Good service and selection of food.

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E
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch with friends and enjoyed it so much, we are going again! Food for delicious, service excellent!

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SC
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was all just 'ok'.... no ambience, food was pretty ordinary.

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p
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times for brunch and it never disappoints. My family enjoys the buffet, but I order off the menu. Either way, the food is delicious. The service is great and it's a nice quiet atmosphere. The view on the patio is great as well. It's on the expensive side, but a very classy place to go.

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D
Perth / WA
171 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

I was impressed and amazed at the culinary choices - really good food and nicely presented on the buffet. Really liked the Suchi presentation as well as the creative deserts!

The service however reminded me of Denny's on a busy Saturday - for $85 / plate it was disappointing to be busing our own dishes and having to ask two and three times for drinks and yogurt for our 2 year old (who not surprisingly had a hard time being patient). It didn't help that the outdoor seating was directly in the wind so when the door next to us opened with wait-people going in and out it blew napkins and paper across the room.

Not what you'd expect from a Hyatt Regency....

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DC
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent management and staffing yields excellent customer service.

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BO
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Ca. Bistro at Aviara for Easter Brunch. The staff was friendly and efficient, very accommodating. The dining area was super casual, there were not even any table clothes on the tables. The view was beautiful. The food was creative and tasted very, very good. The deserts were by far the highlight of the day. Absolutely the best I've ever had anywhere out in San Diego. Our server was adorable and friendly. She made sure we had plenty of the fresh squeezed melon/orange juice which was delicious. We will be going back on a non-holiday to enjoy again!

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SD
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family really enjoyed the brunch at the Hyatt! The set-up was wonderful, there was lots of amazing food and it was a beautiful day!

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CA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent weekend buffet, service and ambiance. The chef was amazing and the parking fee was even validated.

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l
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to a Christmas Eve buffet and it was excellent! The service was great, the selection of food was very nice, with a wide range of items from turkey roulade, prime rib, halibut, seafood bar, wonderful salads and suburb desertsl We will go back for future holiday buffets even thought we initially thought the price of $65 per person was too high. It was well worth it.

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